Cameron Heyward and the Steelers are finalizing a four-year, $71.4 million extension, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Heyward, a three-time Professional Bowl defensive lineman, was coming into the ultimate 12 months of his contract. Altogether, Heyward will make 75.1 million over five years.

Heyward provided affirmation of the extension late Sunday evening.

“Pittsburgh is the place I belong!” Heyward posted (along with a video) on his Twitter handle. The Steelers replied to Heyward with “HERE. WE. GOOOOOOOOOOO! We’re excited that you simply’re staying in Pittsburgh with a brand new 5-year deal by way of 2024!”

The thirty first total choose within the 2011 draft, Heyward grew to become a starter in 2013. Over the previous eight seasons, Heyward (the son of former NFL Professional Bowl operating again Craig “Iron Head” Heyward) has develop into a key part of Pittsburgh’s protection. Heyward has recorded 54 sacks, 397 tackles, 79 tackles for loss, 30 passes defensed, six pressured fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries in his profession. A Professional Bowler every of the previous three seasons, Heyward has recorded 29 sacks over the previous three years whereas serving to the Steelers’ protection develop into one of many league’s high items. 

Heyward hasn’t been shy about his need to stay a Steeler, saying as a lot throughout an interactive assembly with the media final month. 

“I wish to be right here,” Heyward mentioned, by way of Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation. “We’ll should see what occurs. We’ve got a pair extra weeks earlier than the season. All I can deal with is what I can management, and we’ll go away it at that.”

Whereas the weird offseason delayed contract negotiations for each NFL group, Steelers president Artwork Rooney II just lately emphasised that the Steelers had not closed the door on prioritized gamers’ contracts with the beginning of the common season simply across the nook. Rooney additionally emphasised that protecting Heyward within the fold was among the many group’s high priorities. 

“Little doubt, Cam has been an impressive participant for us on and off the sector,” Rooney mentioned, by way of the Tribune-Evaluation. “What he means within the locker room is great. That’s the reason we would like to maintain him, lengthen his contract. Whether or not it is earlier than the season or after the season, he’ll be considered one of our priorities to ensure he is subsequent 12 months as nicely.”

Heyward, the Steelers’ defensive captain for the previous a number of seasons, determined to not take the NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out possibility for the 2020 season regardless of having bronchial asthma. 

“I’ve actually dangerous allergy symptoms that may have an effect on my bronchial asthma,” Heyward mentioned throughout coaching camp, by way of Ed Bouchette of The Athletic. “Proper now pollen will get to me. Shoot, I can keep in mind the final two video games of final season my physique was breaking down as a result of I used to be coping with a chest chilly. I had my inhaler and my nebulizer rather a lot. Apart from that, I have been fairly wholesome with it. My mother has all the time informed me do not be a hero in the case of enjoying with sports activities as a result of I’ve bronchial asthma. I am a little bit hard-headed. We play a really violent sport. It isn’t that nice on our our bodies.”

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